North Carolina GOP: College Age? Want to Vote? No.
Using means now familiar in other states, North Carolina Republicans are proposing several ways of making it harder to vote. But one of the tactics is new to me. Republican State Senator Bill Cook wants to make voting harder for college students in particular, and to do that, he’s pushing a bill that ties students’ voter registration to their parents’ taxes. If the student registers to vote at their college address, the parents would get a tax hike. They could no longer claim the student as a dependent, so the family would pay more in taxes.
So, like Maddow, this one is new to me: If you’re College age in NC, and you try to actually register to vote, they’ll punish your parents for it.
Remember, the College age Vote is what threw Bush the First out of office, to which the Republicans responded with the “lazy college slacker” meme to try and influence and entire generation out of civil action. Frankly, I’m surprised it took them losing 2 more times to think up a way to directly try to prevent college students from voting like this.
And of course, the GOP voter suppression SIG, “True the Vote,” is directly involved with this.
Now, the reason the NC GOP is doing this, as well as trying to declare North Carolina as theocracy and immune to federal law, is because they have a veto proof majority.
So in other words, what we’re seeing in North Carolina is the true face of the modern Republican party. If they had their way, if not for those meddling Democrats in other states, they would do the exact same thing to every other state, and worse on the federal level.